Former Agricultural Economics Faculty

WILFORD H. M. MORRIS (1921-2010)

WILFORD H. M. MORRIS photoBill Morris joined the faculty in 1954 and retired in 1987. He started in the area of farm work efficiency and led the Farm Cardiac Project, which resulted in a national program of advice for farmers with heart disease. He was also involved in exchanging knowledge of technology with Europeans, and arranged professional exchanges with European institutions, which made an impact there and in the USA. With his colleagues he studied the feasi-bility of new technologies. He was a leader in the pioneering interdisciplinary study of hog production facilities, which had considerable impact on research, teaching and extension on hog buildings. Bill Morris was internationally recognized for his work in farm labor science and was the president of the International Association of Farm Labour Science. In international development he created a research program on West African farming systems, which provided training for 35 expatriates and Africans. This led to a series of other activities by Purdue in West Africa.

B.A. Honours (1947) and Postgraduate Diploma in Agriculture (1949) from Cambridge University (England); Ph.D. Cornell University (1953); postdoctoral Iowa State University (1953-54); visiting scientist of the Max-Planck Association (Germany), Wageningen University (Netherlands), and Helsinki University (Finland).


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